Welcome to the sixth installment of the Trump/Russia Follow the $$$ series. This six-part series has highlighted relevant matters and people involved in the Trump/Russia saga. The use of this series is highly recommended for Trump/Russia discussions and/or debates. After all, knowledge is power.
To review previous articles in the series:
The sixth article in the series will use a timeline of known ties between Trump and Russia. Due to new revelations of new events that occurred in June 2016, the timeline will include an updated June 2016 through Election Day in November 2016.
Note: Due to such a large wealth of information, Part 6 will be covered in two parts. The first will include the updated June developments through middle-August 2016. The second part will pick up in mid-August through the 2016 Presidential election in November 2016.
Then the data will be interpreted in a six-part analysis (at the end of Part 2). ***Denotes updated June 2016 information.
Continuing to Nov. 2016: At least 18 contacts occur between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Those from the Trump campaign include Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner, and other advisers with six contacts involving Sergey Kisylyak (the Russian Ambassador).
Continuing to Dec. 2016: Trump trademarks in Russia that were set to expire are granted a 10-year extension (on six trademarks). The trademarks were branding and hotel deals from 1996 and four deals in 2007 associated with Felix Sater and the Bayrock Group. The 2007 deals and trademarks were for 4 hotel-related ventures in Russia.
In June 2016: The previously flailing fundraising efforts of the Trump campaign gets a boost as the campaign claims to have raised $11 million dollars from a swell on online donations. Furthermore, the campaign acknowledged that their previously flailing donation surge was greatly assisted by their new partnership with the Prosper Group. However, the campaign’s finances would continue to face much scrutiny, ranging from the financial benefit of Trump businesses and multiple campaign finance violations.
Early June 2016: Trump adviser, Carter Page, stuns foreign policy experts during a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, as Page unexpectedly deviated from the meeting agenda to glorify both Trump and Putin.
June 3, 2016: During a rally, Trump states, “Then Putin said, ’Donald Trump is a genius, he’s going to be the next great leader of the United States.’ No, no, think of it. They wanted me to disavow what he said. How dare you call me a genius. How dare you call me a genius, Vladimir. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with Russia? Wouldn’t that be good?”
***June 2, 2016: Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian parliament’s upper house’s committee for foreign relations claims that a Trump victory could be the change necessary to reverse Russia-US relations.
***Also on June 3, 2016: Donald Trump, Jr. is contacted by email from a Russian intermediary claiming to have documents that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” the email added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
***June 7, 2016: During a speech, Trump says, “I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you’re going to find it very informative and very, very interesting. I wonder if the press will want to attend, who knows.
***June 9, 2016: A meeting between Trump, Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer. Also, Donald Trump and Reince Priebus were are present at Trump Tower.
***Also on June 9, 2016: Donald Trump sends his first tweet ever relating to Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails.
How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://t.co/gECLNtQizQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
June 14, 2016: The first public disclosure of the DNC server hacks is reported.
June 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 claims responsibility for hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and releases the DNC research on Donald Trump. On the leak, The Trump campaign statement asserts, “We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader,” while adding, “Too bad the DNC doesn’t hack Crooked Hillary’s, 33,000 missing emails.”
Also on June 15, 2016: The security firm the DNC hired to investigate the hacking, CrowdStrike, claims in a statement from Dmitri Alperovitch (Crowdstrike co-founder) they had “immediately identified two sophisticated adversaries on the network – COZY BEAR and FANCY BEAR.” Alperovitch further writes, “both adversaries engage in extensive political and economic espionage for the benefit of the government of the Russian Federation and are believed to be closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”
Also on June 15, 2016: House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republican leaders meet privately after a Capitol Hill meeting with the visiting the Ukrainian Prime Minister. During the gathering, McCarthy says,
“I’ll guarantee you that’s what it is… The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research they had on Trump.” Moments later he says, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” referring to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) who is known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia. Some of the lawmakers laugh, but McCarthy continues, “Swear to God.” According to a transcript prepared from a tape of the discussion, Ryan immediately interrupts the conversation, saying, “This is an off the record… [laughter] …NO LEAKS… [laughter] …alright? This is how we know we are a real family here… What’s said in the family, stays in the family.”
June 20, 2016: Corey Lewandowksi is fired and Paul Manafort becomes the Trump campaign manager.
Also in June 2016: Jared Kushner takes over the Trump campaign data-driven efforts, by forming a 100-person data hub in San Antonio, Texas. Cambridge Analytica is involved with Trump’s digital team and they are known for having created “profiles” consisting of several thousand data points for 220 million Americans. It is claimed, that Cambridge Analytica’s non-traditional “psychographic” voter analysis was of great interest to the newly appointed Trump campaign digital director, Brad Parscale.
* Note on Trump’s digital campaign: One GOP data source said the campaign is “far more sophisticated than anyone has seen or reported on” and added, “there’s a substantive infrastructure that’s not been seen or found out about or reported about quite purposefully.”
During the summer of 2016: Senior Russian intelligence and political officials are intercepted discussing their connections with both Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn. The Russians believe they can use their connections to sway Trump’s view on Russia.
During July 2016: CIA Director John Brennan becomes aware of suspicious contacts between officials in the Russian government and the members of the Trump campaign. Brennan believes the Trump campaign may be assisting Russia’s effort to attack the 2016 election. Brennan shares his concern to the FBI.
July 5, 2016: FBI Director James Comey announces the closure of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Commonly, an FBI case is closed without a public announcement but a fake document from Russian propaganda may have influenced Comey’s decision for a public announcement. Comey may have worried that the Russians would have leaked this fake report that insinuates wrongdoing within the American government to protect Hillary Clinton.
July 6, 2016: Hacked DNC records appears on the Guccifer 2.0 website.
July 7, 2016: In a Moscow speech, Trump adviser Carter Page criticizes American foreign policy toward Russia. Later, it would be revealed that Page’s trip had been approved by the Trump campaign. This may have led to the FBI warrant to track Page.
July 11 or 12, 2016: Trump campaign changes the Republican Party platform to remove language detrimental to Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine.
July 14, 2016: Hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents appear on Guccifer 2.0’s website.
July 15, 2016: Trump tweets:
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
July 18, 2016: During a Republican National Convention event, Sessions meets with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.
July 19, 2016: It is revealed that Trump’s debt has increased from $350 million to $630 million during the past year.
Also during the July 2016 Republican Convention: Trump national security advisers, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, meet with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The topic of their conversation is Trump’s desire to improve relations with Russia.
July 22, 2016: Three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks releases emails that were stolen from the DNC.
July 24, 2016: During an interview, Paul Manafort is asked if there were any links between Putin’s inner-circle and the Trump campaign. Manafort insists, “No, there are not. And you know, there’s no basis to it.”
July 25, 2016: Trump tweets:
The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
July 27, 2016: Trump says, “I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”
Also on July 27, 2016: Trump says, “wouldn’t it be a great thing if we could get along with Russia.”
Also on July 27, 2016: Trump publicly states, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
July 31, 2016: If elected President, Trump says, “[Putin’s] not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”
Also on July 31, 2016: A Russian-born Trump adviser, Boris Epshteyn claims, “Russia did not seize Crimea. We can talk about the conflict that happened between Ukraine and the Crimea… But there was no seizure by Russia. That’s an incorrect statement, characterization, of what happened.”
Also on July 31, 2016: Paul Manafort denies knowing anything about the change in the Republican platform.
Also on July 31, 2016: In support of Trump’s unusual views on Russia, Jeff Sessions says, “This whole problem with Russia is really disastrous for America, for Russia and for the world,” he says. “Donald Trump is right. We need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that’s putting this country at risk, costing us billions of dollars in defense, and creating hostilities.”
Also on July 31, 2016: Trump claims no involvement in the RNC platform change that weakened the US view of Russia’s 2014 occupation of Ukraine.
By the end of July 2016: The FBI begins an investigation of potential ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Sometime in July 2016: Felix Sater claims he made a “confidential” visit business trip to Trump Tower.
Early August 2016: The CIA informs President Obama that the Russian cyber attack is aimed at damaging or defeating Hillary Clinton. Obama orders the intelligence community to keep him informed with as much information as possible. The CIA convenes a secret task force of intelligence officials and analysts.
Aug. 4, 2016: CIA Director John Brennan advises the director of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) not to interfere in the 2016 US election.
Aug. 5, 2016: Roger Stone claims in a Breitbart article that Guccifer 2.0 is not connected to Russia.
Also on Aug. 5, 2016: Carter Page continues to criticize the US sanctions on Russia. Page publicly praises the chairman of Russian company Rosneft, Igor Sechin. Mr. Sechin is closely connected to Vladimir Putin. Page claims Sechin, “has done more to advance U.S.–Russia relations than any individual in or out of government from either side of the Atlantic over the past decade.”
Aug. 6, 2016: The Trump campaign’s change to the RNC platform on Russia and Crimea is confirmed.
Aug. 8, 2016: Roger Stone is asked a question of a possible Wikileaks “October surprise” Stone’s replies, “I actually have communicated with Assange.” An audience member asks (near the 46-minute mark of the video) about his predictions for an “October surprise” based on materials in the possession of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. In response, Stone says, “I actually have communicated with Assange.”
Aug. 9, 2016: Mike Flynn’s firm (Flynn Intel Group) begins working for a company owned by a close associate to President Erdogan of Turkey. The contract is worth in excess of $500,000.
Aug. 12, 2016: Roger Stone says, “I believe Julian Assange — who I think is a hero fighting the police state — has all of the emails that Huma [Abedin] and Cheryl Mills, the two Clinton aides, thought they had erased…. I think Assange has them. I know he has them. And I believe he will expose the American people to this information, you know, in the next 90 days.”
Also on Aug. 12, 2016: More hacked documents appear on Guccifer 2.0’s website. This material relates to data from a hacked Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Also on Aug. 12, 2016: Roger Stone tells Alex Jones that he was “in communication with Julian Assange.” Stone adds, “I am not at liberty to discuss what I have.”
Also on Aug. 12, 2016: Aaron Nevins (Florida GOP consultant) suggests Guccifer 2.0 should leak newer information and adds that the hacker should “feel free to send any Florida-based information.”
Aug. 13, 2016: Guccifer 2.0’s online accounts are suspended.
Also on Aug. 13, 2016: It is reported that roughly 300 emails are posted on DCLeaks. The emails were allegedly linked to Republican targets, that mainly included Putin/Russian critics, such as Sen. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The email posting also includes emails tied to Michele Bachmann and various GOP state officials. However, the data dump appears to have been “scrubbed” to not include damaging information. This could be meant to serve as a warning or to make the leaks appear less partisan in nature.
Aug. 14, 2016: Roger Stone tweets,
“[N]ow Guccifer 2.0 — why are those exposing the truth banned?” Without explanation, Twitter reinstates the Guccifer 2.0 account.
Roger Stone writes to Guccifer 2.0, “Delighted you are reinstated. Fuck the State and their MSM lackeys.”
Also on Aug. 14, 2016: Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators find Viktor Yanukovych’s “Black Ledger.” Included in the ledger is undocumented third-party payments to Paul Manafort. Manafort would claim the ledger as false.
Aug. 15, 2016: The Obama administration seeks bipartisan support from the states to designate election systems as “critical infrastructure.” This would allow enhanced priority to defend the election systems against cyber attacks. According to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the feedback from the states ranged “from neutral to negative.”
Also on Aug. 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 writes to Roger Stone, “wow thank u for writing back and thank you for an article about me!!! do u find anything interesting in the docs I posted?”
Also on Aug. 15, 2016: More hacked DCCC documents are released by Guccifer 2.0. These documents pertain to Florida primary elections.